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About Nathan Heflick

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. I joined Lincoln in 2015, having previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Kent from 2012-2015. I completed my PhD in 2012, specializing in experimental social psychology.  While completing my PhD, I taught at the University of South Florida and worked as a researcher at Hospice. My research currently addresses the following questions: 1 - Do mortality-related threats on smoking packages actually influence smoking behavior? 2-  When do people experiencing disadvantage accept their own inequality, and when do they protest? 3-  Does cruelty (such as being insulted) tend to spread? 4-  When is sexualisation objectifying, and when is it humanizing?

Department Responsibilities

CTeaching: Year 1/2/3 Tutorial Groups Year 1 Developing Individual in Society Year 2 Social Psychology (module coordinator) Year 2 Social Theories and Applications Year 2 Research Skills Groups Year 3 Dissertation Committee Work: Athena Swan Research Ethics

Subject Specialism

Social Psychology, Mortality Awareness, Religious Belief, Dehumanization, Meaning, Emotion


  • PhD in Social Psychology — University of South Florida (USA), 2012
  • MA in Social Psychology — University of South Florida (USA), 2009
  • BA in Sociology — Youngstown State University (USA), 2006
  • BA in Psychology — Youngstown State University (USA), 2006

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Research Interests

  • Dehumanization and Objectification

  • Mortality Awareness

  • Psychology of Religion

  • Emotion and Well-Being

Research Projects

  • Dissonance: An existential puppet play (w/Strangface Theatre Company) — awarded £30000 by Wellcome Trust in 2015
  • Life review and the mental health of terminally ill Hospice patients — awarded £15000 by Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies (University of South Florida) in 2010

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (APA division 36) — Member
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology — Member